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Keep Your Dog Calm and Happy on a Long Car Journey

Updated on February 23, 2016

Establish Who Is In Charge Before You Set Off

You can try to make your dog too happy!
You can try to make your dog too happy! | Source

Dogs in Cars

A dog in a car isn't a natural state of affairs, so it's no wonder that many dogs don't enjoy car travel. Some show their unhappiness by howling or barking, some chew the seats and others are simply sick. Occasionally dogs love to travel, but get so excited at the prospect of a car journey that they too leap around, chew and bark. None of this behaviour is good for either you or the dog; in fact, it's a distracting and therefore dangerous situation. If your attention is being drawn to your back seat, you aren't giving your full attention to the road, and that could cause an accident.

If you are planning a long journey with your pet, don't assume that he will be a model passenger. It is your job to train him to behave during your journey and to plan your trip taking his needs into account. The result will be a happy dog and a safe journey.



Puppy on a Journey

It's worth taking the time to train your puppy to love the car.
It's worth taking the time to train your puppy to love the car. | Source

Dog Travel Tip # 1: Start Early

By making an early start, I don't mean set your alarm clock at 5 am on the day of your trip, I mean start training your dog to love car travel as soon as you get him. You can't expect a dog who has never been in a car, or who has travelled only rarely, to adjust immediately to a long trip. Instead, introduce your puppy to the car and do it regularly.

If you have a nervous puppy who doesn't like loud noises or new situations, try putting him in the car for a really short amount of time without even turning the engine on. Build up the time slowly and when he is happy with that, start the engine. Again, go slowly with a nervy pup. You don't need to go anywhere, just sit on the drive for a while with the engine running. Then graduate to short journeys to the store. Over time your dog will accept car travel and be ready to cope with a long journey.


A Happy Dog in the Back of a Car

A comfortable bed makes for a happy dog
A comfortable bed makes for a happy dog | Source

Dog Travel Tip # 2: Make the Car a Happy Place

Dogs are creatures of habit and your dog is likely to accept a trip in the car if he finds his surroundings familiar and fun. With this in mind, put a familiar toy or blanket in the car for him. If you use a crate in the house and it will fit in the car, put that in for him to sleep in. Give him a treat to munch when he gets in to the car and praise good behaviour, just as you do around the house.

Don't scold "bad" behaviour like barking. Instead, work on your "quiet!" command when you are in the house, and use it in the car, making sure you follow it up with praise. Try not to get frustrated or annoyed in the car as dogs pick up emotions quickly. If you are happy and confident your dog is likely to be too. Conversely, if you are nervous and anxious, your dog will follow suit.

Dog Travel Tip # 3: A Tired Dog is A Good Dog

If you plan to get up on the day of your journey, breakfast and then set off, think again. Your dog will be a far better passenger if he is not full of energy and consequently bored. Make time to exercise him before you set off, even if that means getting up early. And don't make a half-hearted jog around the block, making it just long enough for him to go to the toilet. Have a proper walk, or better still, run. This will pay off in the long run as your dog will be far more willing to lie down and be quiet on the journey.

Safe in a Dog Harness

The splendid Bogart Handsome Devil wearing his car harness.
The splendid Bogart Handsome Devil wearing his car harness. | Source

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Dog Travel Tip # 4: Safety First

Sometimes you see dogs travelling in the backs of trucks or sticking their heads out of car windows and it does look like they are having a good time. However, you should have your dog restrained properly in the car, just like you have your other passengers safe with seatbelts. If you had to brake suddenly and your dog was not safely restrained, he could hurtle forwards injuring not just himself but anyone he crashed into.

There are three ways to keep your dog safely restrained in the car:

  • in the back of the car behind a dog guard
  • in a dog crate or carrier
  • in a special seat restraint designed for dogs

Whichever method suits you best, make sure that you introduce it to your dog well in advance of your journey. To fail to do so will result in an unhappy dog who will make the journey miserable not only for himself, but for you.

If you are using a dog guard, put a blanket or bed in the back so that your dog feels comfortable. Ensure that the guard is fitted properly and will not collapse if your dog pushes against it.

Crates or carriers can be used in the house for short periods before the journey to let you dog get used to resting in them. Don't ever lock a dog into a crate; the crate should feel like a welcome sanctuary, not a prison. If the dog feels happy in his crate, your journey will run all the more smoothly.

Many dog harnesses are designed to double up as a seat belt harness. Therefore, you can start walking your dog with the harness so that he is accustomed to the feel of it. He should more easily accept being attached to the seat belt if he doesn't mind the feel of the harness. You might consider putting a blanket on the seat to protect your car seats.

Dog Travel # 5: Plan Breaks in Your Journey

Have a look at your route and plan in some stops to allow your dog to stretch his legs, have a drink and a toilet break. This is good practice for drivers too!

Don't stop at the side of the highway or motorway if you can avoid it. An over excited dog and roaring traffic don't mix; accidents happen and you don't want your dog getting loose on a busy road. Instead, plan to pull off into rest areas or away from the highway.

Don't Forget the Water!

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Dog Travel Tip # 6: Don't Forget the Basics

When you are packing for a long journey it is easy to forget to pack things. Don't overlook your dog. Remember to pack water, some food and bowls. Take a first aid kit (don't share yours!). If you are planning to stop and do some sightseeing and leave the dog in the car, remember that dogs overheat in cars very quickly; don't let this happen to your dog.

You should have insurance for your dog anyway, but make sure that you have it before you go on a journey. It is when we are out of our regular routine that things are more likely to go wrong, and it is better to have one less thing to worry about.


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    Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

    wonderful, common-sense tips for car travel with dogs and the pix are fabulous. I love the one of Bogart in his car harness-- Airdale beefcake for sure:-) Voting this up and awesome.

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    Jeff 5 years ago from Where ever the road takes me....

    Great hub for all of us dog lovers! Great pics too! Voted UP and USEFUL!

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    Rika Susan 5 years ago from South Africa

    Wonderfully practical hub, Judi! Our dogs always loved being in the car. You offer good advice here for folks who aren't so lucky! Oh, and the puppy picture is adorable!

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Robie2 - I am quite a fan of Bogart, I follow his blog. I have an Airedale myself and I am sure that they would make a lovely couple!

    Thanks for your comment, much appreciated :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Jrandol62, I am so glad that you enjoyed this hub, and I enjoyed finding the photos too.

    I appreciate your comments, thank you :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi rsusan, my dog is very happy in the car too, it's just a case of keeping her enthusiasm under control! I am quite in love with the puppy too!

    Lovely to hear from you, thanks for taking the time to comment :-)

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    molometer 5 years ago

    Very useful and sensible advice. It always amazes me that people just let their prized pets and even children ride in a car with no seat belts?

    BTW has that dog driving the car got a license. Boom boom!lol

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Thank you Michael, and I agree. Having said that, we never wore seatbelts when I was a small child, not until that "Clunk Click, Every Trip" ad campaign with Jimmy Saville in the '70s.

    And no, I think you will find that dogs no longer need licences!

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    Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Very helpful Hub! One of my dogs hates to trace, the other just sleeps. Thanks for some great tips. Voted up and SHARED.

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Rebecca - it's great to hear that you found this useful.

    Thanks for SHARING - and for your kind comments :-)

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    cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

    Hmm never taught of this that way. I once have a dog who would jump in the car whenever I leave and she just stayed under the backseat. Guess I should have check if she was comfortable. bad me :( Thanks for sharing.

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    cebutouristspot - if your dog was happy and safe, there's nothing to worry about!

    Thanks for your comments, I appreciate them :-)

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    Mardi 5 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

    Terrific article for dog owners of any breed. My dogs all love to go in the car and it is a battle for which one is riding shotgun! (Seat belts on of course!)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Mardi - our dog loves the car, but is way, way too excitable to be allowed anywhere but in the back, fully restrained, otherwise I would be wearing her as a hat whilst I drove!

    Thanks for your comments - so glad you enjoyed this hub, I appreciate your feedback :-)

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    Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

    A brilliant hub which I know will benefit many dog owners.

    Great work and an up up and away here I think.

    Take care and enjoy your day.

    Eddy.

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Eddy - thanks for the vote of confidence, lovely to hear from you and take care too.

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    Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

    Excellent tips for all dog owners, Judi Bee! Voted up and very useful.

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Cloverleaf - glad you found this useful! Thanks for your comments, much appreciated :-)

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    SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

    Very helpful and great tips for dog owners! I often drive from Sweden to Greece and back. My dog loves it!

    I always make sure he wears his car harness. I take frequent stops on the way so he can drink some water and walk around a little bit. I love the adorable puppy in the picture! Voted up and shared.

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi SanneL - wow, I admire you just for making that journey, I hate driving! I know that you love your dog, so I am not surprised that you take such good care of him on your journeys. Glad you like the puppy photo - I love looking for the photos for my dog hubs.

    Thanks for your comments, always happy to hear from you :-)

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    MP50 5 years ago

    Loved the photo's, found the enclosed information interesting and useful. Does that Dog driving have a license? :-D Voted up and SHARING.

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    Juliek958 5 years ago from Norman, Oklahoma

    I too love the puppy photo! Excellent choice. I take my dog with me everywhere - at least all over town. We have yet to make a serious road trip together. Thanks for your suggestions. It will make a future trip together much more enjoyable.

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    Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

    We don’t have dog, but I loved the photo so much I had to come take a look.Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

    I wrote a hub about travelling with small children, and some of your advice is similar - tire them out first, take lots of breaks, bring their things with them. :-)

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    SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

    I just have to come back to congratulate you on this

    very prestigious " Hub of the Day" award! Judi, You truly deserve this award! Well done!!

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    DeepakTutlani 5 years ago from Jaipur

    Fantastic hub....congrats for the award.

    and you helped me to keep my dog happy.

    Thanks

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    Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

    Yes, I will remember to read this hub again when taking a dog traveling in the car. Good tips and helpful information about training dogs to get used to just being in a car first.

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    melodylewis80 5 years ago from Texas

    Great hub! We have to remember our two dogs have different needs when we travel. They are two very opposite dogs. One is an obese Blue Heeler and the other a seven month old bulldog. We got spoiled by the Blue Heeler, the bulldog now needs a bit more attention when we travel.

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    Keri Summers 5 years ago from West of England

    Congrats on Hub of the Day! I don't have a dog, but was so drawn in by the top picture, I couldn't resist. Up & useful, I will pass tips on to my sister.

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    Civil War Bob 5 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

    My beagle used to love the wind on her face, but I kept her from getting too far out by only letting the window down a few inches and she was thrilled. Only down side was a drooled window! Good hub.

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    hisandhers 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Oh wow I wish I had read this article years and years ago when my dog was a puppy. It took awhile to get her used to the car, but now she's very content to ride for any amount of time! I'm definitely voting this up. Congratulations on being Hub of the Day!

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    HendrikDB 5 years ago

    Very good. I only had to transport my two little dogs over a longish distance (2 hours drive)twice now. So before hand I visited my Vet who gave me special tablets for digs to calm them down. It worked very well and there was no side-effects. They even enjoy the journeys.

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    the girls 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    Good tips Judi. Our pet is part of the family and she always goes with us most of time. The farthest she has traveled by car is 50 miles away from home!

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    Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Fantastic tips for doggy travelers! My dog doesn't like car trips so these ideas will come in handy. Congrats on Hub Of The Day Judith!!

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    bizzymom 5 years ago from New York

    These are great tips. My Yorkie gets so excited when we tell her we are going "bye, bye", she can't wait to get into the car, but as soon as we are on the way, she becomes a nervous wreck! However, she is a much better passenger when she is tired. Thanks for sharing!

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    Shawn McCconnell 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

    Congrats on Hub of the day! best tip is to keep them hydrated

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    jaybird22 5 years ago from New York

    Great hub and excellent advice. I have a german shepard that is a pretty good traveler but you mentioned some tips that I have overlooked. Tips like getting in exercise before travel and bringing in toys into the vehicle. I haven't had to take him on a long journey yet but when the time arrives, I will use you advice. Thanks again!

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    kelleyward 5 years ago

    Congrats ! Traveling with dogs is similar to long car trips with young kids! Great hub!

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    snagerries 5 years ago from Singapore

    Excellent tips.My dog doesn't like to travel much in cars so this will surely help me.

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    Marissa 5 years ago from United States

    Excellent advice! My sister-in-law brings her dog with her when she and her family travel 15+ hours to come visit us; the dog crate and a familiar blanket have worked for the dog, along with frequent breaks.

    Congrats on the Hub of the Day!

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi MP50 - I had fun finding the photos, glad you like them! I don't think the dog has got a licence, I think he had a rebellious look!

    Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    H Juliek - a puppy photo is always a winner! I am glad that you found this useful too!

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Melovy - I read somewhere that people's dogs turn out like their children - well behaved children/well behaved dogs, so I guess there must be some similarities in bringing up either!

    Thanks for your comments, as always, much appreciated :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Sannel - you are always welcome back!

    Thanks very much for your support and kind comments, you know I appreciate them :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Deepak - you are very kind, I am glad that you found this useful.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, great to hear from you :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi starstream - thank you! Bookmark it for later if it will help.

    Many thanks for your comments, I appreciate you taking the time :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi melodylewis80 - it must be awkward having to deal with dogs with different temperaments. Hopefully if you stick with the training, you will have two well behaved pets! (Fingers crossed!)

    Great to hear from you, much appreciated :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Keri - I think the photo is luring in a few non-dog owners!

    Thanks for your kind comments, it's lovely to hear from you :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Civil War Bob - I know it's bad, and against Health and Safety, but I can't help but smile when I see dogs with their heads out of the window!

    Thanks for your comments, they are appreciated :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi hisandhers - glad to hear that your dog is happy travelling now.

    Thanks for your kind comments, much appreciated :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi HendrikDB - glad to hear that you were able to work out your dogs' problems. Our dog doesn't like fireworks and I think that we may have to sedate her next time 5 November rolls around.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, much appreciated :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi the girls - our dog is definitely part of the family too. She would like to be the head of the family, but she is gradually accepting that she isn't!

    Great to hear from you, many thanks for your comments :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Linda - I hope that you can make some use of this advice, it's nice to be able to travel with a happy dog!

    Thanks so much for your support and kind comments :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi bizzymom - our dog is very energetic and when she was young we lived by the mantra "a tired puppy is a good puppy", so lots of fun and activities, and she didn't have so much energy for mischief!

    Thanks for your comments, great to hear from you :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi McConnell Group - thanks very much! Great to hear from you :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi jaybird22 - glad that I have been able to useful to you and your dog!

    Thanks very much for taking the time to comment, it's appreciated :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi kelleyward - I agree totally about kids and dogs, there are lots of similarities!

    Thanks for your kind comment, much appreciated :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi snagerries - I hope that you can help your dog feel more comfortable travelling and that this hub will help.

    Thanks for your comments, great to hear from you :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Marisa - wow, 15 hours is a long trip! Glad to hear that your sister-in-law has it all worked out.

    Thanks for your support and kind comments, always appreciated :-)

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    Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

    Hey, Judi Bee, congrats on Hub of the Day! The dog in the first picture looks like mine. She likes to go for rides in the car, but I've never taken her too far from home, yet. I will remember these great tips for our first long journey.

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Deborah - glad to hear that your dog is a fan of car travel. My dog looks like the dog on the back seat of the car with the harness on (except that dog is sitting still!). Great to hear that you can make use of these tips.

    Thanks for all your support and kind comments, much appreciated :-)

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Great hub with some useful information. Love the photos. Congratulations on having the hub of the day!

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Tammy - the photos are great, aren't they!

    Thanks for your comments and support, always appreciated :-)

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    hobbitinspiration 5 years ago from Monmouth, OR

    I don't have a dog yet but now I'll know what to do! Thanks!

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi hobbitinspiration - it's always good to be prepared!

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it :-)

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    shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

    Great hub. My dogs hate the car... but I seatbelt them as much as possible and they do better. Good advice! No wonder you got hub of the day. 8-)

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    Jason 5 years ago

    My pit boxer mix loves the car. When he was a puppy under a year old, I had to take several trips back home which was an 8 hour drive! He slept the whole time and only needed to take a few potty breaks in between despite being an energetic playful dog. I think the key is being on the highway, the smooth ride and vibrations just puts him to sleep. A good run before hand always helps put em to sleep too! I would suggest starting early with anything you plan on doing with your dog!

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    Moon Willow Lake 5 years ago

    We do not have a dog now, but with how much my young son loves them, I'm thinking there will be one in our future when he is older. This is very useful information to know as I've never been one to really be around dogs all that much. I did not know that a harness can double as a way to keep them safe with a seat-belt, so thank-you for that and all of the other information you provided. I will keep all this in mind for the future.

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Shea duane - the tight belts must make them more secure. Someone did a great hub a while ago about "thunder vests" which you can use if you dog is anxious.

    Thanks so much for your kind comments, I appreciate them :-)

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Great hub with important information for dog owners so that they can keep their pets safe and content and also help protect their own lives and the lives of their family members by preventing accidents that can be caused by an unruly, unhappy pet.

    Congratulations on earning the Hub of the Day Accolade with this worthy hub.

    Voted up across the board except for funny.

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Jason - I hadn't thought of the movement of the car making a puppy sleepy, again it's very like kids - babies fall asleep in cars so easily.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it :-)

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    Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

    Great tips for dog owners! Congratulations on Hub of the day award. Bookmarked, shared, voted up and useful! Take care.

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Moon Willow Lake - we weren't intending to get our dog, but gave in to our daughter. In the event, my husband and I spend far more time with the dog than she does!

    I appreciate you comments, thank you very much :-)

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Congraulations on Hub of the Day! The pictures and information are great. I think the same tips would apply to traveling with children, as well. : )I've never seen a dog safety harness before. Too adorable!

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    Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

    Congratulations on having the hub of the day, this is a very good hub with many useful tips. I have had several dogs, and some did loved car journeys and some wasn't so eager to jump in so I have tried different ways to make them enjoy it more. You have covered the topic very well, and the pictures are wonderful!

    Tina

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    FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

    Congratulations on Hub of the day. The first picture reminds me of a skit on Just For Laughs: Gags in which there was a dog driving a mail truck. What onlookers didn't know is that there was a man controlling it by remote control. One of the actors went up to the dog and gave the dog directions and then the dog "drove" off.

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    Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

    Love this Hub. Congrats on Hub of the Day! My little miniature schnauzer loves to ride in the car. She gets her feelings hurt if I have to leave her behind. Our other dog is getting ready to fly on an airplane for the first time, hope that goes well. I wrote a hub about getting her doggie carrier ready for the trip. Read mine when you have some time, OK? I voted this UP, etc.etc.

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Happyboomernurse - thank you very much for your kind comments. I am thrilled to have HOTD.

    Great to hear from you, thanks for taking the time to comment :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi urmilashukla23 - glad that you found this useful and thanks for sharing.

    You take care too, thanks for taking the time to comment, it's appreciated :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi vespawoolf - so true about dogs and children! Yes, Bogart Handsome Devil is an adorable boy. He actually looks just like my dog, which is a shame because she is a girl! It's the beard that lets her down!

    Thanks for commenting, much appreciated :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi thoughforce - I am pleased that you found this hub useful and enjoyed the photos - I enjoyed writing it and choosing pictures.

    Thanks very much for your comments, great to hear from you :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Flora - that would have been a great skit to see! I do like the photo so much too.

    Thanks for your congratulations, and thanks for taking the time to comment :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Mary615 - I love schnauzers, I can quite see myself with one in the future. Yes, I will read your hub, I'm hopping over there now :-)

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    Just History 5 years ago from England

    Great hub, I didn't realise that you could buy seat belts for dogs! Safety is important- also if you have a young child it is good to separate the dogs from the child- as you say you need your eyes on the road, not turning around to look for where the noise is coming from.

    My nephews dogs are going by air to Cyprus next week to join him and his family- I expect (and hope) that the crating people know what they are doing!

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    David Taylor 5 years ago from UK

    Our black Lab loves the car. So much so that he tries to jump into the boot whenever you open it, even if it's the other car which isn't a hatchback. In fact he's been known to jump into other people's cars in the hope of a trip. Which rather surprised the woman who's car it was as we walked past!

    Excellent hub, btw. Well worth Hub of the Day.

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    idratherbe 5 years ago

    Extremely useful and informative hub. voted up.

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    inaniLoquence 5 years ago from Singapore

    I don't have a dog (and car) so I voted it up and interesting information. It's a fantastic primer for future dog owners! :)

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    John Redd 5 years ago

    Oh, a wonderful hub from Judi. I should have known these tips ahead for my dog. Thank you Judi.

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    Sarah Falkner 5 years ago from www.facebook.com/Family Dog Advice

    What useful information! Loved it, I am so lucky that my Daisy loves to go for a car ride. She always picks up all the cues that I am about to be in the car. She is excited at first but quickly calms down. Occasionally, she will see something or one if there is traffic...She was actually my 'sanity' when I got caught 350 miles from home when a freak snowstorm arrived. I had to work at 8am the next day with no-one to cover me. Daisy and I drove for 14 hours on a 6 hour trip. Reassuring Daisy kept me sane.

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Wow! Look at all of the comments. Congratulations on being the Hub of the Day. Now that I have read it I can see why.

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    princesswithapen 5 years ago

    I thought I had already commented on this hub but turns out otherwise. I found this hub from your facebook and I'm going to share it with friends who have dogs.

    Surely there will be a lot of happy pooches secretly thanking you for writing this hub! Nicely done and congratulations for HOTD. You deserve it.

    Princesswithapen

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    Priscill Anne Alvik 5 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

    Great advice!!! My dog fortunately loves to travel..the insurance is a great idea!!! Thank you for sharing!!

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Just History - good point about keeping children and dogs separate. Hope that your nephew's dogs make it safely to Cyprus, I am sure that they will.

    Thanks for your comments, appreciated as always :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi plussize-lingerie - oh, that is funny! Our dog often tries to invite herself into other people's houses, but never a car!

    Thanks so much for your kind comments, I appreciate them :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi idratherbe - thanks for your comments, glad you found this useful.

    Great to hear from you :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi inaniLoquence - I hope that you will be able to make use of this information in future.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi John Redd - you are very kind!

    Thank you for your comments, I appreciate them :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Dog Advisor - so glad you found this hub informative. You are right, dogs can have a very reassuring presence. Your journey sounds a complete nightmare though.

    I appreciate you taking the time to comment, thanks very much :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi billybuc - yes, there are a lot of comments, it's taking a while to answer them all!

    Thanks so much for your support and kind comments, I appreciate it :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi princesswithapen - glad you found the hub and thanks so much for your support and kind comments, much appreciated :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi picadilly - glad you found enjoyed this hub.

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, I appreciate it :-)

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    Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

    Congratulations on hub of the day! Well deserved. These are great tips on traveling with a dog. My dog loves to go places, although he whines the whole way there, probably saying "are we there yet?" He is quiet on the way back though, so it isn't my driving he is complaining about!

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    Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

    What a great hub! Ours is 9 now and loves to go for car rides--

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Millionaire Tips - I think that there are lots of dogs like yours, mine does bark a little bit if she knows that we are going somewhere fun.

    Thanks for your kind comments and support - much appreciated :-)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Audrey - glad to hear that you dog is still enjoying travelling.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it :-)

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    Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

    So cute :)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Nare Anthony - thanks very much for your comment :-)

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    htodd 5 years ago from United States

    That's really interesting hub ..useful tips

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi htodd - glad you found this interesting and useful! Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it :-)

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    Gracenduta 5 years ago from Kenya

    Informative, I like the photos. Thanks for the hub

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Gracenduta - glad you enjoyed the hub, thanks for commenting :-)

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    Ruby H Rose 5 years ago

    Great traveling tips for taking your dog along. I had never thought of a first aid kit. Thanks. Love the pictures! Thumbs up.

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Ruby - glad you found this hub useful, thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it :-)

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    jasper420 5 years ago

    Great tips very useful info my dog hates car trips I will try your tips. Well put together!

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi jasper420 - I really hope you can help your dog enjoy travelling, it's so much less stress for everyone. Good luck!

    Thanks very much for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it :-)

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    Linda Liebrand 5 years ago from San Francisco

    I just realised I never said thanks for answering my question! I'm loving this hub, the photos and all the ideas about how to keep a doggie happy on a long trip. Voted up and shared.

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Linda - actually, it's been in the back of my mind that I should have thanked you for a fab question. So, thanks very much and thanks for commenting too :-)

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    Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

    Judi Bee - what a delightful hub and I can clearly see why it was voted "Hub of the Day." I loved the reading but what I love more is your clear-sighted intelligence and wonderful heart! Voted up and across. :)

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    Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

    Hi Suelynn - glad you enjoyed reading this hub, I was delighted that it was a HOTD.

    Thanks so much for your very kind comments, very much appreciated :-)

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    Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

    @ John Redd - sorry not to have replied, but only just found this comment in my spam filter! Thanks anyway!

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    Jim and Laura 4 years ago from Chicago area

    Great content and beautiful photos! We so agree...a tired dog is a happy dog. Too many dogs don't get enough exercise.

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    Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

    Hi Jim and Laura - yes, can't believe how many people think it's OK for dogs to stay in all day and then wonder why they rip the house apart!

    Thanks very much for taking the time to comment - much appreciated!

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